Police issue warning after 2 women sexually assaulted in Dolton
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Residents in the south suburbs are concerned for their safety after a man sexually assaulted two young women at gun point just a few blocks apart.
Police are warning women in particular to not to go out alone in the south suburban community of Dolton. Right now, police are searching for the suspect, who is considered armed and dangerous.
Residents in Dolton are being advised to be diligent, and that these incidents are crimes of opportunity with the victims being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
In Dolton Wednesday night, police canvassed the neighborhood at Woodlawn and 151st warning residents to be on the lookout for a suspect who sexually assaulted two women and robbed a couple in their driveway.
"This person is considered armed and dangerous-both instances happened in broad daylight-we consider this person to be brazen and very aggressive,” said police commander Darrly Hope.
In each of the assaults, the suspect abducted his victims at gunpoint and led them to vacant homes nearby. Women who live near the crime scene are now being advised not to go out alone.
"What we're trying to stop is him running up on a female and she refuses or rejects what he wants then all of a sudden that weapon goes off and now we have a murder out here,” said community activist Andrew Holmes.
Police have a profile based on descriptions provided by the victims. The suspect is five-foot-six, weighing 175 pounds and wearing dark clothing.
Wednesday’s police canvass has, unfortunately, struck fear in Dolton residents.
"So many people out here, so many young ladies that walk to the store. It did alarm me pretty bad,” one person said.
"I used to feel safe but not no more,” another added.
The assault victims are 21 and 24 years old, and neither suffered physical injuries.
Meanwhile, there is a $1,000 dollar reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. If you have any information, you're being asked to call Dolton police.